“THE design was truly a collaborative effort, like most of this project, between the homeowners and
the team from Kersting Architecture,” Stachowicz says. The guest lounge and barmoire are a central
component of the second floor, which also houses all of the guest suites.
The custom “barmoire” — a word coined by the owners — that adorns the guest lounge is another
thoughtful design feature. It includes a coffee station and wine dispenser, plus a sink, mini-fridge and dishwasher.
Clockwise from top left: Dark wood floors and shiplap walls accent the interior staircase. Numerous recessed alcoves
provide the perfect venue for displaying artwork, collected over the owners’ extensive world travels. In the guest lounge,
coastal-themed artwork and a distinctive coffee table pop against the whitewashed walls and off-white sofa, continuing
the design approach balancing coastal North Carolina with the Caribbean. With hidden doors that conceal it from view and
protect the glassware from dust particles, the custom ‘barmoire’ in the guest lounge could easily become a new design
trend. Archer Read, a local woodworker, built the cabinet from white oak. The back-painted glass and stone top are from
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